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Former Patterson guard Aquille Carr says he's declaring for NBA draft

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Despite being cut by the NBA Development League's Delaware 87ers in January, former Patterson guard Aquille Carr hopes to continue his professional career at an even higher level.

Carr, 20, said Sunday on his Twitter account that he is entering the 2014 NBA draft.

“After consulting with my family, friends, and agent, I will be declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft,” Carr wrote on Twitter.

According to many mock drafts, including those on NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com, Carr is not expected to be selected in the June 26 draft.

Carr, who was The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in boys basketball during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, recently signed with Hazan Sports Management.

Daniel Hazan, CEO and founder of the New York-based agency, said he consulted with Carr and his family before Carr’s decision to declare.

“I do think that he has the capabilities and the skill level to be in this draft and to be drafted,” Hazan said in a telephone interview Sunday.

Hazan added: “This was something that he wanted to do.”

Carr was picked by the 87ers, the D-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, in the third round of the league's draft last November.

The 87ers released Carr on Jan. 3, and he went unclaimed through the league’s waivers system. Before his release, Carr averaged 10.7 points and 1.9 assists for Delaware.

Hazan said Carr has been working to improve his shooting and add muscle to his 5-foot-6 frame.

“A lot of these [general managers] are looking for some answers in regards to what he's been up to, what he's been doing,” Hazan said. “Once all those questions are answered, we should have no problem having him jump up in the rankings.”

jshaffer@baltsun.com

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